CAN YOU BELIEVE IT'S BEEN . . .
time flies . . . Can you believe that 2001: A Space Odyssey
and Planet of the Apes are 30 years old this year?
But how about some short term (?) "can you believe, it's been so long"
examples . . .
Years Ago (1978):
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
First remake of the
old 1950s Invasion of the Body Snatchers Black & White classic movie starring
Donald Sutherland and Leonard Nimoy (Spock of the Star Trek
series of all things!) has in itself become a minor classic of sorts . . .
Superman - the Motion Picture
Still the best in the
series - and yes, it is doubtful whether Nicholas Cage would ever be such a convincing Superman
as Christopher Reeve was.
Movie in which NASA
fakes a landing on Mars and astronauts get chased around in the Nevada desert . . .
The Lord of the Rings
Animated film version
of the Tolkien cult favourite fantasy novel. By the makers of Fritz the Cat -
stopped halfway through the story. No sequels were ever made . . .
Telepathic mutants run
amok. Can't remember it? Don't blame you . . .
Years Ago (1983):
The Dead Zone
Stephen King tale
about man who can "see" the future of individuals he touches. Surprisingly it
stars Christopher Walken as a good guy . . .
The Day After
Nuclear Armageddon is
unleashed as the Soviet Union and the States launches their missiles in this controversial
made-for-TV movie. Released at the height of the Cold War this was probably never Ronald
Reagan's favourite movie . . .
Teenage computer whiz
kid almost unleashes World War III when he hacks into an advanced U.S. defence computer.
Yeah, they had an obsession with that sort of thing back in the early 1980s. By the way,
the Internet was almost unknown at that time . . .
Pathetic third film in the
series has Richard Pryor playing the buffoon. Richard who?
Family awaits death by
radiation in understated drama . . . I told ya . . .
Return of the Jedi
Third Star Wars film that featured Care Bears . . . er sorry,
Ewoks . . .
Years Ago (1988):
Earth Girls Are Easy
Can't remember this
one? Sci-fi comedy/musical starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. If you look closely
you'll see Jim Carrey in there as well . . .
Cult director John
Carpenter's subversive dig at 1980s materialism. Probably not Ronald Reagan's favourite
movie either . . .
Aliens (from another
planet - not the illegal sort) are integrated into American society after their spaceships
lands on earth. Parable about race relations prefers to be a cop/buddy movie. Inspired a
television series of the same name. . .
A brief international
infatuation with Aussie culture (remember that?) made this movie a hit - difficult to see
why . . .
Years Ago (1993):
Dinosaurs run amok on
deserted island in one of the biggest hit movies ever. If you think the movie was more
recent than 1993 then it's probably because you're confusing it with the remake, er sorry,
sequel, The Lost World that we got to see last year . . .
Satire of all things
politically correct is actually also a funny and violent action movie. One of Sylvester
Stallone's better efforts and probably a firm favourite of George Bush (remember him?) . .
Third and (hopefully) last Robocop movie especially sanitised for the kiddie market. When did
the first Robocop come out? 1987. Its sequel in 1990. This one was terrible and
awful . . .